Earn a $500 Grant for Your MTB Club

To say thanks to the local clubs that work so hard to build and maintain incredible mountain bike trails all around the US and Canada, Singletracks is stoked to announce two new $500 trail grants. We’ve been IMBA Corporate Sponsors for several years now and it’s time for us to give back to the local …

Which Came First: The Mountain Bike or the Trail?

photo credit: Wende Cragg / Mountain Bike Hall of Fame. Rider: Joe Breeze, 1977. The question of which came first – the mountain bike or the trail – isn’t really a philosophical head-scratcher like the chicken and egg problem. As most of us know, the early mountain biking pioneers modified and built bikes for riding …

The Mountain Bike Trails I Didn’t Ride

At the age of 23 I am still pretty young but I’d like to think I’ve already learned some valuable lessons thanks to my unique life experiences. One of the lessons I’ve learned, but that I need to be reminded of often, is to live in the present and not take anything for granted. This …

6 Unusual (and Public) MTB Trails

A couple weeks ago we wrote about the Global Conservation Mountain Bike Club‘s collection of exotic singletrack trails around the world and that got us thinking: where can we find our own unusual, exotic locations to ride? Here are six trails every mountain biker should consider adding to their exotic singletrack punch card – no …

Are Unauthorized MTB Trails Growing in the US?

Unlike the trend analysis articles we’ve been posting recently, I have no hard data on this trend but it’s one that appears to be growing in my area: unauthorized mountain bike trail construction. For example, in one local park / open space area, there were two separate groups of unofficial trail builders working different areas …

Sterilized Singletrack: A Spreading Epidemic

Bull Mountain has been castrated. What used to be one of the last remaining bastions of technical mountain biking in the state of Georgia has been cut and bled of its virility. What was once a true man’s trail (or a true woman’s trail 😉 ) for those who wished to challenge themselves is now a trail …

Innovative Trail Conflict Solution: Bell Boxes

photos: San Diego Mountain Bike Association. A friend recently returned from a trip to California with an interesting discovery: bell boxes for mountain bikers. If you ride in California you already know about these but for east coasters, the concept may be new. At many shared-use trailheads, mountain bike clubs have installed signed boxes containing …

Mountain Bike Trail Maintenance 101

We’ve seen a recent surge of interest in trail building here on Singletracks and we just started a new forum for discussions about building mountain bike trails. But building the trail is only half of the equation; maintaining the trails is a long-term task that will never completely go away. I’ve been dedicating more of …